Posted Jan. 24, 2023, 4:15 p.m. by Lieutenant Miriam Cross (Chief Medical Officer) (marthese bugeja)
Posted by Gamemaster CockRoach (Gamemaster) in Main Sim - Sickbay Medical Lab
M. tuberculosis is more related to Gram-negative than to Gram-positive bacteria as reflected by the evolutionary distance between nearest ancestral units. This conclusion may be supported by another analysis showing that M. tuberculosis shares relatively more orthologous genes for energy production and conversion with Gram-negative bacteria, in particular, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, than with Gram-positive bacteria.
In some people, the bacteria can become active. If this happens, one may become sick, and can pass the TB germs to someone else. Even though one would not feel sick, the person still need to take medicines to treat latent TB for 6 to 9 months. …
Cross smeared some Petri -dishes with the bacteria then put different antibiotics to find which works best .If an antibiotic is found to be more effective, then those infected could be given the antibiotic ,and with the genome now known the science dept could work on a vaccine.
She left the medical lab and would come later on to check the results giving enough time for the different antibiotics to work.
Looking through the different samples once she would return, Cross sadly found none of these quite matched their usual expected properties like those say on Earth or similar planets. As had been mentioned though bacterial like the way it acted was also like that of a symbiotic organism. This made it far more complex to treat and the like then a simple bacteria or virus.
As she would be looking over this information one of the newer nurses happened to come over seeing the results and offered a suggestion. “..Ma’am? Perhaps we could be approaching this the wrong way? We keep trying to treat this like we would a usual bacterial strain, but given such known bacteria don’t provide the infected person with symbiotic benefits when infected, perhaps we should look at this more as a symbiont life form? Perhaps if we looked at how its celluar evolution came about on the planet we could see more clues? Given the Klingons have been here up till recently for the past like 30-40 years. Its possible the original bacterial like agent due to the pollutants caused a mutation and evolution in its normal properties over time to what we see now? Not only in the infection but also those infected, locally like that girl? Her body sees it as a natural useful thing to be infected. Not as an enemy..” She suggested.
Cross listened without interrupting and when the nurse finished speaking the female doctor turned her chair around facing the nurse ‘’A symbiont life form, are we then going to assume its nothing to worry about,let the bacteria stay on those infected by it? Sure the Cmdr’s hearing has improved ,so has Cara’s tail in strength but this isn’t just any symbiont ,like example the gut bacteria ,this turn deadly when airborne like the two NC’s in sickbay ‘’ she knew that another landing party would soon be on their way down to the planet and probably bring along more bacteria ‘’The child’s body see it as useful, cause she has been around it her whole life just like all the other inhabitants that have adjusted to it but we the crew are far from benefiting anything from it.... especially when it turns deadly ‘’.
‘’It is the mode of reservoir ,the bacteria does not kill them cause it benefits by the host staying alive,just like the Ebola virus on bats which adapted through million of years’‘.
Cross looked at the petri dishes and thought Might as well throw them away.
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